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Medical News and Perspectives
November 2, 2005

New Mind/Body Tactics Target Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms and Fears

JAMA. 2005;294(17):2152-2154. doi:10.1001/jama.294.17.2152

An estimated 12% of primary care patients report persistent physical symptoms for which no good medical explanation can be found. These patients make heavy demands on a physician’s time. Despite a physician’s assertion that nothing is wrong, they request further tests or procedures. Many physicians regard such patients as refractory.

These patients are not happy with their physicians, either. Their pain, fatigue, weakness, gastrointestinal disturbances, or other physical symptoms cause emotional distress and often hinder their ability to work, care for a family, and see friends. Some fear they have a fatal illness. They regard a referral to a psychiatrist as dismissive of the validity of their concerns. They often “doctor shop.”

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